We are having SO much fun gabbing and catching up. It's wonderful to be back spending time with such a good friend and a truly amazing person!
We went to a fun place around the corner from our hotel for a coffee at Hideout Coffeehouse. Ok, I cheated, but it was oh-so-amazing and worth every precious sip. mmmm... goodness. First coffee I've had in three weeks. I do miss coffee! It was a cute little funky place. And they have Stumptown Coffee. From Portland, OR. How could it be wrong?? Then we wandered down Congress street to Annie's Cafe, a really cute French-inspired place. We got eggs that tasted amazing and fresh. yum!
We then wandered to the river and wandered along enjoying the views. We saw the Stevie Ray Vaughn statue and took a picture, then wandered on. It was quite hot by then, so we decided to walk back and down to the South Congress (SOCO) district which had a lot of cute little restaurants, live music, vintage shops and boot stores. Colleen drooled over some boots that were amazing, though an impressive price tag and we wandered back towards our hotel.
We stopped to grab a snack of salad and gluten free bread at a little place called Due Forni near the hotel then headed to change. We're staying at the Intercontinental, a nice little splurge in the heart of it all. Beautiful hotel, nicely appointed and in a great location. For two days, it was well worth the splurge.
We stopped back to cool off a bit and change, and headed to the State Capitol. We were both far more impressed than expected. it's a gorgeous building with really amazing architecture! We toured it for a while and headed back to the hotel to catch a cab to Clark's Oyster House.
It felt like home to us. It's a cute and very small seafood place. We both had halibut and I had 3 oysters from Prince Edward Island, Massachusetts, and.. somewhere else. Colleen got this amazing sweet grilled corn with feta, herbs and some heat to it. yum. It was really wonderful.
We cabbed it back to the hotel and were going to go to Rainey street and decided to stay around the area. We first walked to the Speakeasy but they didn't have live music and then decided to walk down 6th St to try to find some live music. Only a few places had it and nothing remarkable. So, we walked and ended up back at the Driskill. The music was good (though not live.) We enjoyed a glass of red and talked some more.
Colleen and I have done a great job of keeping in touch over the years, but it's certainly different meeting in person. it has been truly amazing. We're already planning next year's trip, back in Boston where it all began. :) At around eight I realized that i again missed my opportunity to see the famous Austin bats that fly out in a large cluster from under the Congress Street Bridge at sunset. Drat! Maybe next time..
We enjoyed chatting for a while and decided to call it a night. What a fun day!